My son helped me make this zucchini bread last night. To be honest we made it for my daughter, I am trying a gluten free diet for her. I told Cooper he had to wait until the morning to have a piece of bread. I forgot to tell him I would need a picture of it first. As he patiently waited he started playing with his cars. Then he decided if he could not eat the bread maybe his cars could! After I snapped this picture, Cooper got a bite of bread. He told me, “Thank you for making this mommy. It is good”. I hope you enjoy it too!
Zucchini Bread Recipe
1.5 cups Gluten Free all-purpose flour blend (Pillsbury or BobsRedmill)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 cup heaping – zucchini shredded
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup pineapple tidbits drained – from can
Preheat oven to 325 for bread or 350 for muffins.
Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
For bread loaf, grease 9×5 bread pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until center is cooked through.
For muffins, fill tins 3/4 full (approx. 1/4 cup). Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
My husband loves McDonalds breakfast burritos, but I knew I could make them healthier! I thought about making homemade burritos for years now, but I finally got around to it and I am glad I did! Have you looked at the ingredients in a tortilla lately? Here are the ingredients in the flour tortilla McDonalds uses: Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Shortening (Intereserified Soybean Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil), Contains 2% or Less: Sugar, Leavening (Baking Soda, Corn Starch, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Calcium Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Mono-diglycerides, Vital Wheat Gluten, Dough Conditioner (Sodium Metabisulfite, Corn Starch, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate). Who knew a tortilla required so many ingredients. I like eating foods with simple ingredients. My favorite tortillas are made by Tortilla Land and contain 5 ingredients: wheat flour, water, canola oil, salt, sugar. That is it! Here is the recipe for these awesome breakfast burritos.
Breakfast Burrito Recipe
6 tortilla (Tortilla Land)
1.5 cups sausage (chicken or turkey)
1.5 cups frozen potato hash browns (optional sub sweet potatoes)
½ cup frozen peppers and onions
3 slices cheese (sub 1.5 avocados for a dairy free alternative!)
2 tsp canola oil
½ tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
Place 1 tsp canola oil in skillet, add frozen peppers, onions, potatoes ¼ tsp salt. Pan fry until cooked then set aside.
Crack 6 eggs in a bowl and whisk add ¼ tsp salt. In the skillet, add 1 tsp canola oil then add eggs. Cook eggs so they are scrambled then set aside.
Cook sausage and set aside. (I like cooking chicken sausage links in the microwave and cutting them up).
Place one tortilla in large skillet, cook one side then flip over. While the second side is cooking assemble burrito with ¼ cup potato and pepper mix, ¼ cup egg, ¼ cup sausage, ½ slice cheese or ¼ avocado. Then roll tortilla and enjoy!
To freeze, let tortilla cool, roll in foil and place in freezer! To reheat, unwrap burrito set on glass plate and cook for 2 minutes.
Breakfast for dinner has become a weekly tradition at my house, and who eats breakfast for dinner without pancakes! I wanted to change up our typical pancake dinner and make it a little healthier. The first time I tried making banana pancakes they didn’t turn out quite right. With a little experimenting I came up with a kid-approved recipe!
1 ripe banana
1/8 cup oats
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup Strawberries to top
Mash banana in a bowl, then whisk in eggs, once combine stir in oats and cinnamon. Let set for 5 minutes.
Warm skillet to medium heat. Use 1/4 cup scoop for each pancake. Allow pancake to completely cook on one side and it is noticeably holding its shape before flipping.
My husband does not like Greek Yogurt so I created a high protein breakfast parfait for him. Simply use regular yogurt, add protein powder, oats and top with berries! You can make it the night before so breakfast is ready for a busy morning!
1 cup Plain Yogurt
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/8 cup oats
1 cup mixed berries
2 Tbsp crushed walnuts or sliced almonds
Place yogurt and protein powder in bowl, stir to combine. Stir in oats and top with mixed berries. Top with walnuts or almonds and enjoy!
I hate to admit it, but muffins and donuts have become a routine part of breakfast at my house! It is amazing how quickly a special treat can turn into a habit! My solution, zucchini carrot muffins! My son loves them and has no idea they are different than the ones we buy at the store. I have made healthy muffins before, but these zucchini carrot muffins are by far the best! To make gluten free sub bob’s red mill 1 for 1 gluten free flour for whole wheat and all purpose flour.
Zucchini Carrot Muffins
3 cups shredded zucchini and carrot (approx 1 medium zucchini and 1 medium carrot)
2/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup pineapple tidbits in 100% juice
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix eggs and banana until smooth. Add melted coconut oil, canola oil, honey, and pineapple with pineapple juice until smooth. Stir in zucchini and carrot. In another bowl mix dry ingredients rolled oats, cinnamon, flour, salt and baking powder. Add all ingredients together and stir until combined.
Fill muffin tins 3/4 full (approx. 1/4 cup). Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
My son has been refusing fruit recently, so I decided to be creative with lunch today. This smoothie bowl was a hit. I told him it is like ice cream and it was gone in not time!
DYK: Smoothies are a simple way to get fruits and veggies into your diet. Add protein powder and whole grain cereal, and you have a meal!
2 cups frozen fruit (I used peaches, strawberries and blueberries)
1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1 scoop protein powder (20 grams protein)
1/8 cup favorite whole grain cereal crushed
1 T coconut flakes
Place frozen fruit in a bowl and thaw for 1 minute. In a blender add frozen fruit, milk and protein powder. I use my ninja single serve cup! Blend until smooth. Then pour into a bowl and top with kiwi, avocado, and crushed whole grain cereal mixed with coconut. Add variety with different frozen fruit and topping selections.